Cleveland Named One of the Best Cities for College Grads
Northeast Ohio is one of the best places for new college grads; and the experts at Bloomberg BusinessWeek just highlighted that fact. In the publication’s latest list of “Best Cities for New College Grads,” Cleveland ranked 17, up 11 spots from its 2009 ranking. We’re ahead of places like Seattle, Portland, Phoenix, Charlotte, Cincinnati and Tampa.
More than 200,000 college students attend one or more of Northeast Ohio’s 27 accredited college and universities. And, according to the Ohio Board of Regents, an average of 76 percent of our public college graduates and 72 percent of our private college graduates stay in the State for work or to continue their education within five months of graduation.
While graduates are attracted to Northeast Ohio for a variety of reasons, access to thousands of employers representing a wide range of industries is a significant factor. Forty percent of Fortune 500 companies have headquarters, major divisions, subsidiaries or sales offices in Northeast Ohio. Growth in the science and engineering fields as well as in the biomedical sector has been a key driver of new jobs in the region.
While The Plus region provides access to major companies and growing industries, it also offers graduates many opportunities for professional and personal development. According to Ann Womer Benjamin, Executive Director at the Northeast Ohio Council on Higher Education (NOCHE), “New graduates will find an abundance of opportunities in Northeast Ohio, particularly if they want to enhance their careers. The region has hundreds of strong graduate and professional programs, ranging from entrepreneurship or engineering to music or bioscience. More than 25 public and private colleges and universities contribute to a rich social, academic and cultural environment.”
As graduates look to kick-start their careers, The Plus region also offers a tremendous quality of life that makes the region a destination for many young professionals. From Broadway shows to culinary hot spots, to professional sports teams to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, there is no shortage of things for young grads to experience in The Plus.
Actively seeking to engage this vital population, Cleveland Plus is working with young professionals and college students throughout the region. If you know of a student enrolled in a college or university in The Plus region, please invite them to visit our Web site, www.pluscollege.com to learn more about all the opportunities available to them.
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